Obama Quits Trinity United Church of Christ

CNN has issued a Breaking News alert: “Barack Obama has resigned as a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, his campaign says.” The story itself is on their Political Ticker blog: Barack Obama resigned Saturday from his Chicago church — where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers had […]

Everything Racial Isn’t Racist

Spencer Ackerman applauds Megan Carpentier for her rejoinder to Geraldine Ferarro: “People coming up to you and complaining that they can’t complain about black people is them complaining for being looked down upon for being racists!” It’s a great line except for its being gobsmackingly stupid. Ferraro was passing on complaints of Clinton supporters frustrated […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is takin’ out the trash. Wizbang has Wisteria hysteria. Wyatt Earp is takin’ the jump. Public Pondering is matching up to the chief. Cowboy Blob has some high fashion. Willisms makes the catch. Right Pundits is all pumped up. Blonde Sagacity is having a close encounter. The Gone […]

Hillary’s Florida-Michigan Gambit

Domenico Montanaro notes that, while everyone is focusing on the Democratic National Committee’s likely “compromise” solution of awarding Florida and Michigan half their original allocation of delegates, it’s actually much more complicated than that. [A] 50% cut and a halving of the delegates is not the same thing. For instance, if Florida delegates are seated […]

Ron Paul Lost, Let Me Count the Ways

Jim Henley assesses the complete and utter failure that was the Ron Paul campaign for the Republican presidential nomination: Paul failed to win any states, to move the GOP debate in his direction, to accrue significant delegates or to leverage his fund-raising into a third-party run. And word is he’s staying quiet about endorsing an […]

Another Reason to Vote for McCain

The Diplomad labels Susan Sarandon’s threat that, “if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada” as “The Best Reason to Vote for McCain.” Except, of course, she’s unlikely to follow through. Alec Baldwin’s still here, after all.

Vatican to Excommunicate Women Priests

Fighting back against growing support for the ordination of women as priests, the Roman Catholic church has announced it will henceforth automatically excommunicate the priests and the presiding bishops. The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain […]

Decapitation as a Counter-Terror Strategy

Aaron Mannes has done an extensive statistical analysis on the effectiveness of decapitation (in the figurative as well as the literal sense) in counter-terrorism. It is conventional wisdom that removing an organization’s leaders is an effective counter-terror strategy, but the quantitative analysis is less clear on the issue. Most of the successes focus on specific […]

Condi Rice Enlists

“Condi Rice enlists in Kiss Army” is a leading candidate for Headline of the Day honors. The ensuing story, about a chance meeting in a Stockholm hotel between the Secretary of State and the geezerly rock band, is less interesting.

Abu Muqawama Unmasked

Andrew Exum confesses to being the man behind the “Abu Muqawama” blog and resigns his post to spend more time with his family scholarship. I suspect he’ll be back.

4 of 5 Americans Hate Health System

Ezra Klein snarks, “It’s weird how the country with the best health care in the world — America, or so I’m told — also has the highest percentage of its population telling pollsters that the system is totally screwed up and needs a complete overhaul. Ha! America is so charmingly wacky!” Here is the breakdown, […]

Harvey Korman Dies at 81

Legendary comic actor Harvey Korman has died. He was 81. Comic actor Harvey Korman has died at 81, according to the UCLA Medical Center. Korman died at the center four months after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. “It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident at all. […]

Married People Earn More Money

Seen this morning in DC: An advertising poster with the caption, “Married people earn more money.” I thought perhaps someone has been reading Stuart Buck and is seeking to take the romance out of marriage. It turns out that this is a campaign aimed at curbing teen pregnancy: Since 1987, Campaign For Our Children (CFOC) […]

David Gregory: Blame Congress, Not Media

Responding to Scott McClellan’s charge that “the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq,” NBC White House correspondent David Gregory defended his […]

Jim Webb as VP: The Definitive Word

James Fallows gets the “Jim Webb for vice president” boomlet exactly right: – Until 7pm November 4, 2008, Webb might well be a very strong addition to the ticket. – On November 5, the troubles — for Webb — would begin. Fallows likes and admires Webb and thinks he’d be both an asset on the […]

Oil Company Profits

With the run up in oil prices, oil companies have seen their profits also run up. For many this is just wrong. That consumers have to pay more at the pump and oil companies see huge profits…why that is positively un-American! Never mind that there is an obvious and logical connection between profits for a […]

Caption Contest Winners

The What’s Black and White and Red All Over Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Scott McClellan: What Happens Next?

Michael Kinsley channels Scott McClellan: People have asked: Is this a permanent breach? Will I ever be able to work with myself again? Will I ever trust myself to betray the truth as I did for so many years? Or were those years of deception nothing but a lie? And the honest answer (or dishonest […]

This Day in History: Kerry Wins Presidency

Had the 2004 election been held on May 29th, John Kerry would have won handily: Five years later, it’s Obama 266, McCain 248, Tie 24. Via Andrew Sullivan, who presumably is trying to illustrate that Obama doesn’t have it wrapped up quite yet and needs to keep pushing on, who in turn got it via […]

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Stuart Buck observes: Movies and popular culture often celebrate “falling in love.” I’d suggest, however, that outside of physical ailments (including everything from cancer to starvation), “falling in love” is ultimately responsible for maybe half of all the misery experienced by the human race. Just to be clear, I’m not saying this because of any […]

Owning Every Single Bullet?

Thomas Barnett makes an interesting observation based on the practices of New York’s Finest that Al Baker documented a while back in the NYT. NYC, as so often in history, leads the way in such innovation. Every single police gun ever discharged, accounting for every single bullet, all packaged up in reports used for “lesson […]

Patchwork America

The folks at the Christian Science Monitor argue that the division of America into Red and Blue states based on aggregate voting behavior is flawed. They propose, instead, that we’re a “Patchwork Nation” comprised of at least eleven different voter communities. Nearly 305 million people live in the United States, according to the US Census […]

Summer Drink List

James Poulous and Rod Dreher weigh in with their recommended adult libations for the summertime. Not surprisingly, since these things are mostly a matter of personal taste, there’s significant disagreement in the lists. Poulous touts the wonders of Red Stripe, Jamaica’s national beer, while Dreher advises readers to eschew brew altogether and stick to wheat […]

New York Recognizes Gay Marriage

While gays still can’t marry in New York, marriages performed out-of-state will now be recognized when they come home. Same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere will be recognized in New York in response to a state court ruling this year, Gov. David Paterson’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. State agencies, including those governing insurance and health care, must […]

Spanish Miami’s Primary Language

Spanish-only speakers have an easier time getting by in Miami than English-only speakers, AP reports. In many areas of Miami, Spanish has become the predominant language, replacing English in everyday life. Anyone from Latin America could feel at home on the streets, without having to pronounce a single word in English. In stores, shopkeepers wait […]

Caption Contest

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Fleischer and McClellan Books Get Vastly Different Press

Newsbusters’ Rich Noyes observes that the mass media seems much more excited by Scott McClellan’s new book trashing the Bush Administration than it did with predecessor Ari Fleischer’s book which had mostly good things to say about his former boss. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, while McClellan’s yet-to-be-officially-published book has already become the liberal media’s favorite […]

Do You, Party A, Take Party B to be Your Lawfully Wedded …

California’s is having to revise its marriage licenses to be a bit more gender neutral. California officials are telling county clerks that they can start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17. The state Office of Vital Records says it chose June 17 because the state Supreme Court has until the end of […]

Catholic Clinton Critics

Andrew Sullivan, while agreeing with fellow former TNR editor Hendrick Hertzberg‘s charitable take on Chris Matthews, takes issue with HH on one issue: [H]ating the Clintons is not reducible to some strange atheist idea of what a Catholic’s idea of forgiveness is. The reason so many people who were brought up in a traditional Catholic […]

Obama: Willing To Meet Ahmadinejad But Not Petraeus?

Jim Geraghty, commenting on Barack Obama’s dismissal of John McCain’s invitation to tour Iraq with him as “a political stunt,” muses, [I]sn’t Obama vulnerable to the argument that a man who’s pledged to meet unconditionally, one-on-one, face-to-face with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really ought to meet at least once one-on-one with Gen. David Petraeus? It’s simultaneously superb […]

Jim Webb: Modest, Too!

Ezra Klein‘s long-awaited (a day’s forever in Internet time) American Prospect piece, “Is Jim Webb Too Good for the Vice Presidency?” is out. The lede: In his new book, Virginia Sen. James Webb quotes T.S Eliot and Rudyard Kipling. He alludes to his past as a boxer and marine. He recalls his “four times great-grandfather,” […]

A Battle of Wits with an Unarmed Man

Driving in to work this morning, I caught part of a discussion on The Diane Rehm Show between David Kreutzer, Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation and Peter Gosselin, national economics reporter for the Los Angeles Times about the recent spike in oil prices. Kreutzer asserted that drilling […]

Income Inequality in Sports Mirrors Life

Steven Malanga looks at the distribution of income in professional sports and finds interesting parallels with the economy at large. In the National Football League, which has a very rigid salary cap, teams spend upwards of 60 percent of their payroll on 20 percent of their players an 80 percent on their top 40 percent […]

Rachael Ray, Donut Terrorist

Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an ad spot featuring Rachael Ray wearing a scarf around her neck because some thought it was a subtle nod of support to Palestinians. Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic […]

Scott McClellan Cashes In

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has published a tell-all book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, taking swipes at the Bush administration. Politico’s Mike Allen has an extensive review and summary. The upshot of the book: “I still like and admire President Bush,” McClellan writes. “But he […]

Webb for VP Backlash

After several weeks of being the odds-on favorite to be Barack Obama’s running mate (at least if bloggers were doing the picking) it appears is if the inevitable backlash has set in. Kathy G, guesting at Matt Yglesias’ site (apparently, the Atlantic Monthly has given their bloggers the week off) takes the lead, setting out […]

Rasmussen: McConnell Behind In Kentucky

“Wow.” That’s Matthew Yglesias’ first reaction to a Rasmussen poll that shows just-nominated Democrat Bruce Lunsford leading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell here in Kentucky. He goes on to say that, “you kind of figure that McConnell will probably pull this one out, but it’s a real sign of how desperate the Republican situation is.” […]

Russia’s Hypermortality

Martin Walker reports on a distressing new phenomenon in Russia. An alarming new word has been born. It is “hypermortality,” which might be defined as an extraordinary tendency toward death. It jumps from the first page of the U.N. Development Program report entitled Demographic Policy in Russia. “The Russian phenomenon of hypermortality comes to be […]

Reggie Love: Barack Obama’s Body Man

Reggie Love was a standout wide receiver and basketball player at Duke that the Dallas Cowboys, for some odd reason, unsuccessfully tried to turn into a pro linebacker. Love was occasionally flat on his back in his college days. He’s landed on his feet, working as the body man for the presumptive Democratic nominee for […]

Condi Rice School of International Studies?

I’ve just gotten this PR announcement from Denver University, with which I’m not affiliated: DU’s Graduate School of International Studies will be renamed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28. Renaming the school will honor one of the most notable and successful individuals in DU history, as well as mark an exciting time for the school. Former U.S. […]

Newspapers vs. Journalism

Tim Lee, guesting at Megan McArdle’s place, dismisses the romanticism of such things as Howie Kurtz’ lament about the dying of the newspaper industry. The “wholesale abandonment of newspapers” is simply a reflection of the fact that the web now provides a wealth of new technologies for delivering news and information. Websites are more comprehensive, […]

Katie Couric Major Announcement on ‘Today’

Embattled CBS News anchor Katie Couric is is making a “major announcement” on tomorrow’s edition of NBC’s “Today” show. Let the speculation begin. UPDATE: Drudge: “SOURCE: NBC, CBS, and ABC jointly hosting cancer research telethon. Couric to announce on NBC’s TODAY SHOW tomorrow… Developing…” Less interesting than many other theories, including the Katie Couric/Anderson Cooper […]

Cult of the Presidency

George Will decries the romanticization of the presidency. Barack Obama recently said, “I believe in our ability to perfect this nation.” Clearly there is something the candidate of “change” will not change—the pattern of extravagant presidential rhetoric. Obama is trying to replace a president who vowed to “rid the world of evil”—and of tyranny, too. […]

The Era of Big Clintons is Soon Over

YahooNews is a leading contender for Headline of the Day honors for “The Era of Big Clintons is Soon Over,” which they’ve appended to an AP piece by Calvin Woodward. The key ‘graph: One quarter of Americans have never known life without a Clinton trying for or having the presidency. Millions have gone from diapers […]

Wake Forest Makes SAT Optional

Wake Forest has become the first nationally ranked university to drop the requirement that applicants submit an SAT or other standardized test score, joining numerous liberal arts colleges. While Wake’s decision isn’t going to have the impact of such a move from a Harvard or Stanford, it is notable. Wake is No. 30 on the […]

Caption Contest Winners

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Democrat Buyers’ Remorse: Already Here?

A couple of weeks ago on OTB Radio, I suggested that there’s a very real chance that, come October or so, the Democrats will have a bad bout of buyers’ remorse. Paul Lukasiak, guest posting on left-wing talk radio host Taylor Marsh’s blog, says that the real lesson of Hillary!’s primary performances the last several […]

Profit Making Non-Profits

Tyler Cowen points to a piece in today’s NYT about the backlash against institutions enjoying non-profit tax status that seem to much in common with profit-making, tax-paying businesses. Authorities from the local tax assessor to members of Congress are increasingly challenging the tax-exempt status of nonprofit institutions — ranging from small group homes to wealthy […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Xie) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Two Blogs that Pass in the Night

Yesterday’s exchange with Thers over the state of conservatism reflects a major defect in the blogging medium. For the most part, we write blogs in serial fashion, as a conversation with our readers, and presume that recent posts on the same subject have been read. Most blog readers, on the other hand, parachute into posts […]

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